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Mother, Daughter at Family Math Night

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April 11, 2018


Dear Friends of Gateway:

Here is this week's issue of Breaking News -- the e-newsletter of the Gateway Regional School District. We are always looking for feedback and ideas to improve the newsletter, so please feel free to contact us!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “It hurts my feelings when other people pick on me. I want to come to school and safely learn.” – a Gateway 8th grader with autism, addressing his classmates in an assembly on Autism Awareness Day, April 2.


  • Wednesday, April 11: NHS Induction of new members, 6 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center;
  • Friday, April 13: Red Cross Bags of Hope Collection Deadline; Softball vs. Westfield Tech, 4 p.m. at home; Baseball vs. Sci Tech, 4 p.m. at home;
  • Saturday, April 14: Gateway Night at the Springfield Thunderbirds (if you ordered tickets, they are at the “Will Call” window); Fan Appreciation Block Party 4 - 6 p.m. across the street;
  • Monday April 16 – Friday April 20: Spring Break; Wrap Around Open;
  • Wednesday, April 18: Baseball at home vs. Smith Voke, 4 p.m.;
  • Friday, April 20: Baseball at home vs. Putnam, 4 p.m.;
  • Tuesday, April 24: 2-Hour Early Release (Wrap Around opens early!);                                                                                 

For more upcoming events, download our updated April Counter Card (also on display at security and in all Gateway offices).

SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The School Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in Middle School rooms 112/114. Click here for details. The public is welcome to attend.

AUDREY GAMBLE’S SR. YEAR BLOG: In her most recent blog post, (“It’s Already March?...I Mean April?”) communications intern Audrey Gamble reports on the acceleration of time as graduation (and many more tasks) looms.

GATEWAY ALUMNI: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? For the next few issues, we will be sharing updates about Gateway alumni and what they are up to. This week, we profile Janine (Beauregard) Tougas (’06) and Brett Turban (’17). If you’re a Gateway alum who would like to take part in this series, please click here to share your journey with us!

Mother, daughter at Family Math NightFUN WITH MATH AT LITTLEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Littleville was full of math fun and excitement on Tuesday, April 3 when 85 students and families arrived to take part in a Family Math Night, organized by STEM teacher Ginny Lee and sponsored by the Gateway Education Foundation, Littleville PTO and Mohegan Sun Arena.

PRESCHOOLERS LEARN ABOUT HEALTHY TEETH:  Staff from the Gateway School-Based Dental Program—Gator Grins (operated by the Hilltown Community Health Center)—gave a dental demonstration to Mrs. Rhoads’ Pre-K classes at Littleville Elementary School.

SAVE THE DATE FOR ANNUAL SPORTS BANQUET: This year’s brunch honoring all athletes, coaches and teams will be held on Sunday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. at East Mountain Road Country Club in Westfield. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, May 3; please see Ms. Malinowski in the Pupil Services Office (room 100 across from the cafeteria) to purchase. Read on…

WESTFIELD YMCA OFFERS NEW SESSION OF FUNCTIONAL TRAINING CLASSES AT GATEWAY: The new 8-week session begins Thursday, April 26 and runs through May 24. Two sessions (one starting at 3:15 p.m., the second at 4 p.m.) are being offered and space is limited to the first 12 people who register by calling 568.8631 with a credit or debit card. Fee for Westfield Y members is $45 (covers the entire 8 weeks) or $65 for non-members. This will be the final session of the school year and is open to all adults in the community and school district.

EARLY-RELEASE APRIL 24: A reminder that students in the Gateway Regional School District will have a 2-hour early release day on Tuesday, April 24. This is the final early release of the school year; read on for details.

SEE YOU SATURDAY: GATEWAY NIGHT AT THE SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRDS: Reminder that “Gateway Night” at the Springfield Thunderbirds is THIS Saturday (GASP!). If you ordered tickets, they will be available at the Will Call Window at the Mass Mutual Center. Get there early for the National Anthem. As it is the final home game of the regular season, there will be fan appreciation Block Party from 4 – 6 p.m. across the street – food, music, prizes, etc. Rumor has it that NO ONE has won the Chuck A Puck this season so it is worth a bundle and a half (as long as no one wins Friday night!).

LITTLEVILLE CALENDAR RAFFLE SET FOR MAY: This year’s calendar raffle  includes a 30 minute massage, gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses (including Russell Inn, Moltenbreys, Tuckers, the Bridge Store, Olive Garden, Rapids, Gino’s, Cinemark, Cumberland Farms, and Subway); services such as a massage, hair cut, spa manicure from Main St. Styles, Puffer’s, the Cutting Edge Salan and Main St. Barber Shop; plus items ranging from gardening supplies to maple syrup – one winner a day and 31 chances to win. Littleville PTO makes 100% of the raffle sales. Entries must be in by April 30.

ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES: Spring Break is FULL of workshops and activities, including Biztro: Business Support; Blue Zone Group; Open Computer Lab; GED/HiSet English Language Arts; Beginner Computer; Business Plan Workshop; Perennial Vegetables; and a Hike to Round Top Hill in Chester. For more information, please review the April Calendar and Class List the SHAEC Spring Newsletter or visit the SHAEC Website. (Please note that class delays or cancellations will be announced on SHAEC’s Facebook page).


APRIL IS WORLD AUTISM MONTH: Eighth graders were treated to an assembly On April 2 – “Light it Up Blue” Autism Awareness Day, hosted by Autism Specialist Sean O’Neill. During the assembly, he explained the neuro-biological disorder and how it affects the brain. O’Neill also explained how students ages 6-15 experience bullying at a much higher level (63%) than the rest of the student population (25%). The incidence of children born with autism is rising…when Sean first started, it was 1 in 1500; today it is 1 in 68. For more information on autism, please visit Autism Speaks.










IN CLOSING, this week’s Superintendent’s Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson discusses the agreements reached between school and town officials on several fronts, including the potential alternative assessment method and the revenue side of the budget. Read the complete column for more information.


Wendy V. Long, Editor

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